GPS Gold Challenge 2016

They shot and swung and served and ran and bounced – and the inevitable middle-age aches were all for a good cause when 13 leavers from 1983 took part in the 2016 GPS Gold Challenge on 30 September-1 October.

Held every two years as a major fundraiser for the Red Kite Foundation, the event brings together more than 550 GPS Old Boys who have turned, or are about to turn, 50, for competition in a range of disciplines.  On Friday David ‘Ted’ Coupland (78-83) was the equal top-scoring shot at the shooting held at King’s, while at the golf, at Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club, Will Sedgwick (79-83) hit the longest drive.

On Saturday at St Ignatius College Riverview, TAS competed in tennis, touch football, basketball and athletics, while that night at a superb dinner, a representative from each school debated the topic ‘that sport is better than sex’.

A last minute addition was Joe Phanichewa (81-83) who flew in from Bangkok on Saturday morning and managed to fit in a few games of basketball.

Amongst the TAS team was OAU President Graham MacDougall (78-83): “It really was a superb weekend. While many TAS Old Boys were unable to attend this time around, it’s a wonderful few days of I really suggest that all ’85 and ’86 leavers set aside the October long weekend in 2018 for the next  one – you won’t be disappointed!” More information and photos of the weekend can be found at

Regional OAU events planned

The Old Armidalians’ Union is in the early stages of planning reunion functions in Canberra and Brisbane during the next 12 months, for Old Boys of all ages. To ensure you are not overlooked, if you have changed any of your contact details in the past couple of years, please let us know. Either email or fill in the cover sheet and post it back to The Editor, Binghi, The Armidale School, c/Locked Bag 3003 Armidale NSW 2350. It’s really important we have both a postcode for your home town or suburb, as well as an email address, so we minimise the chances of missing anyone.

The date for TAS Reunion Weekend (formerly Old Boys’ Weekend) in 2017 will be finalised in coming weeks  – and what a special time it will be particularly for those who are leavers from 1957, 67, 77, 87, 97, 2002  and 2007!  The OAU and the Development Office are committed to making the weekend a success – so please let us know at or if you are willing to help muster your cohort for a memorable weekend!

Sydney Branch AGM

Sydney-based OBs please note – the Annual General Meeting of the Sydney Branch will be held at Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Ave., Willoughby on Monday, 20 June 2016,at 6.30pm. Let’s get together to grow the OBU in Sydney! For more info, to express your attendance or tender an Apology, please contact Secretary Paddy Flower at or 0418 468 708 or President Andrew Erratt at or phone 0418 441 848.

Annual General Meeting – Sydney OB